‘True Detective’ Season 2 Rumor Rundown and Supernerd Reviews ‘Galveston’ By ‘True Detective’ Creator Nic Pizzolatto!

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True Detective season 2 rumors/news have really been heating up the past couple weeks. Here’s the latest rundown of what’s out there currently:

  • There are three leads this time. Earlier it was reported that there might be only one with two major supporting characters.  Pizzolatto himself clarified in Entertainment Weekly stating there were three characters: “I’m deeply in love with each of them.” Word has it that the three are two men and a woman.
  • Colin Farrell is rumored to be in negotiations for one of the leads. He fits into the mold of a once successful who could use a McConaughey style reconnaissance.  I think Farrell has a higher ceiling than most give him credit for. He was really great in ‘Tigerland’, ‘In Bruges’ and ‘Crazy Heart’. A great turn in True Detective could really put him back on the map.
  • There are rumblings that Taylor Kitsch might be in the running for the second lead. Kitsch has had multiple opportunities, some might say more than his fair share (John Carter, Savages, Battleship,X-Men Origins: Wolverine) but as of yet he hasn’t quite broken through. I liked him in Peter Berg’s ‘Lone Survivor’ and ‘Friday Night Lights’ is one of my all-time favorite shows. It makes sense that HBO would be looking at him for True Detective, having been in their ‘Normal Heart’ very recently.
  • Season 2 will take place in California. “Not Los Angeles, but some of the much lesser-known venues of California. And we’re going to try to capture a certain psycho-sphere ambiance of the place, much like we did in season one.” It’s been rumored that it might be northern California.
  • ‘Exorcist’ and ‘To Live and Die in L.A.’ director William Friedkin is rumored to be directing. But it’s rumored that it will be multiple directors this season. The first season’s eight episodes were all helmed by Cary Fukunaga. Having one person directing means a more singular vision. It can be argued this was the case with season 1.

With all the new rumors for season 2 of True Detective it seemed like a fine time to post Supernerd’s review for Nic Pizzolatto’s novel ‘Galveston’:

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Truth Time: I haven’t seen True Detective yet. I don’t have HBO and I haven’t bought the blu-ray. I’m cheap and figure I can get it at a good price around Black Friday. When it was airing week by week I did hunt down reviews and recaps and know enough about the show to figure I’ll enjoy it. So when I was in a bookstore and saw True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto’s book Galveston, I jumped on it. I’m a sucker for a good gritty crime story. And man alive does Galveston deliver.

 

Here we get the story of Roy “Big Country” Cady, a low level scumbag enforcer for local New Orleans crime boss Stan Ptitko. We get the sense real early on that Roy never really fit in with Ptitko’s crew. But we also get the sense that Roy doesn’t give a damn, as long you pay him and treat him fairly.

 

When Roy gets asked to go along on a routine “job” with a fellow arm-twister, he has no problem doing what he’s paid to do. When he’s asked to go without his usual firearm, his internal alarms go off. Not willing to go to the dance without a partner, Roy arms himself with a knife, technically not breaking his boss’ request. When the job goes south and it looks like Roy is about to cash it in, a moment of serious violence leaves “Big Country” the last man standing – and in the middle of a veritable shit storm. There’s dead bodies, lots of blood, and a hooker still alive in a bedroom off the main hallway.

 

Not one to leave a damsel in distress (or a witness who can ID him) behind, Roy takes the young streetwalker named Rocky with him on a mad dash to get the hell out of town and to the safety of the titular town in Texas. While there, he plans to lay low until he’s sure the heat has died down and he can escape from his current life and live out his remaining days in peace.

 

But if everything were to end happily ever after, it wouldn’t be a crime noir story, now would it? That’s what I love about these kinds of stories. The shady protagonist who you only root for because he’s the lesser of all evils presented. The flawed femme fatales who tempt our “hero” at every turn. And the bad choices that seem good at the time but only complicate matters until our man feels like he’s swimming in quicksand while wearing iron boots.

 

While reading this book I could almost see Mickey Rourke playing Roy Cady, delivering every line with his signature deep throated rumble while looking like a hundred miles of bad road that you wouldn’t want to drive down on a dare.

 

One thing that I found of particular interest was how Pizzolatto framed his story. We begin in the late 80’s and cut forward to the present day to see where Roy Cady’s choices have taken him. We get a slight glimpse into the future at two separate intervals and finally end with a whirlwind of a finish. We would later see him use this same style for his HBO TV series. I enjoyed this style of storytelling and look forward to seeing how he polished it up for True Detective. You get a feeling he was just toying with it here, seeing how it would play out and what audiences thought of it.

I loved this book. It had a real slow burn to it and felt very realistic. If you enjoyed True Detective or like the recent offerings from the Hard Case Crime publishing house I would highly recommend Galveston.